December 21, 2011

CraftLife Episode 19 – A Merry CraftLife Christmas

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , at 6:12 pm by treacleandinketsy

It’s time to cozy up to the fireplace, roast some chestnuts, and crank up the Christmas carols.  ‘Tis the season to be jolly!  I hope you are enjoying this holiday season, and have the opportunity to be with the ones you love… and maybe get in a little knitting time. 🙂

I was very excited to be gifted by Adam with two tickets to see Jim Brickman in his Christmas tour. What a fabulous concert! He was also joined by singers Anne Cochran and Ben Utecht, and electric violinist Tracy Silverman at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, TX.

Haven’t purchased your 2012 calendar yet? How about the 2012 Calendar of Hope from Fitter Knitter. The proceeds from the sale of these calendars benefit Army of Women, who seek to go beyond finding a cure for breast cancer, and focus on finding the cause.

I’ve been putting in a lot of work on Adam’s Dovahkiin Gamer Gauntlets, knit out of Sublime Lustrous Extrafine Merino DK. One gauntlet down, one to go! I’ve also been lamenting the very hairy state of the Casual Rugby Pullover from The Easy Learn to Knit in Just One Day, which I knit from Lion Brand Homespun. Any ideas about how to remedy it’s current furry condition? Leave me a comment below.

The “Merry Knitmas: Holiday Favorites for the Knitter” 2-CD set may really be a possible gift option, but if it were, it would feature knitterly holiday tunes like, Let Me Knit! Let Me Knit! Let Me Knit, A Knitters 12 Days of Christmas, Fleece Used to Baa, and We Wish You A Merry Knitmas, among many others.  And of course, feel free to join in and sing along with Christmas Knits.

Lyrics to this week’s song (based on the Christmas classic “Jingle Bells”)

Christmas Knits

Christmas knits, Christmas knits, Christmas time is nigh.
I hope you planned your knitting well, and started in July.
Gloves and mitts, socks that fit, scarves and sweaters, too.
Lots of warm and wooly things made by me for you.

Digging through my stash looking for that one last skein.
I’ve finished half a sock, need more yarn that’s the same.
I’ve made it half way through – a little left to go.
Heel flap, that’s done, and gusset, check. Kitchener up that toe!

Christmas knits, Christmas knits, Christmas time is nigh.
I hope you planned your knitting well, and started in July.
Gloves and mitts, socks that fit, scarves and sweaters, too.
Lots of warm and wooly things made by me for you.

A day or two ago I cast on a new shawl
With cables, fair isle, lace, intarsia blocks and all.
I’ve lots of gifts to knit with Christmas my deadline.
Will someone tell me what to do to buy me some more time?

Christmas knits, Christmas knits, Christmas time is nigh.
I hope you planned your knitting well, and started in July.
Gloves and mitts, socks that fit, scarves and sweaters, too.
Lots of warm and wooly things made by me for you.

CraftLife is taking a winter break, and will return in February, 2012!

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December 12, 2011

CraftLife Episode 18 – Bah Humbug

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:31 pm by treacleandinketsy

“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you”

Congratulations to MelodyJ, the winner of the Hello Kitty Online Premium edition giveaway!

Many thanks to Shine of Shine and Lee’s Christmas Trees for sharing a little about Christmas tree farming. You can find info about the different trees they sell, wreaths and decorations that are available, and pictures of the farm and family at the website, or on their Facebook page.

Shine and Lee got the idea for starting a Christmas Tree farm after visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. (BTW, Biltmore is one of my favorite places in the WHOLE WORLD)

“A soal, a soal, a soal cake. Please, good missus, a soal cake…” You can find a recipe to make your very own soal (or soul) cakes in this NPR article.

There has been much premie hat knitting lately, including my favorite red one which has the word “HUMBUG” duplicate stitched in green around it.   I have also put in a bit of work on  the Dovahkiin Gauntlets for Adam.  Here’s my progress so far:

November 20, 2011

CraftLife Episode 17 – Bumps In The Road

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:56 pm by treacleandinketsy

Ebenezer Scrooge opens this week! Tech week is upon us, costumes and props are being worked in, sound and light queues are next in line.

Pearl Fryar is a master of topiary sculpture. You can learn about his story in the documentary “A Man Named Pearl”. You can check out the trailer at that link, too.

One of my favorite holiday movies, and where I first learned about Hot Buttered Rum, is White Christmas. Bing Crosby and Christmas music are synonymous in my house.

Hot Buttered Rum

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup unsalted butter

2 cups vanilla ice cream

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp all spice

1/2 tsp clove

1. Combine sugar, brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over low heat until butter is melted.

2. In a large bowl, beat ice cream, sugar/butter mixture, and spices at medium speed until smooth.  Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks, or in freezer for 1 month.

3.  To serve, fill a mug 1/4 – 1/3 with mix, add one ounce (2 Tbsp) of rum and fill the rest of the way with boiling water.  Sprinkle with nutmeg.

It’s giveaway time! Leave a comment in this post between now and 11:59pm CST on 12/1/11 to enter to win a copy of the Hello Kitty Online Premium Edition. The random number generator will be used to chose TWO winners, each of whom will receive a copy of the Premium Edition, which comes with $15 worth of in-game points to shop and spend as you play, an exclusive virtual pet to follow you around and assist on quests, and 2 Hello Kitty Online collector’s postcards. (System requirements include Windows 2000/XP/Vista (32 bit) and 512 MB RAM minimum)

Speaking of giveaways, Janeen of the Clothed in the Lamb podcast just had a 1 year podiversary giveaway, and I was the lucky winner! I’m looking forward to casting on the Gypsy tank with my winnings.

I’m working hard on the Dovakhiin Gauntlet’s for Adam. The Lustrous Extrafine Merino DK by Sublime Yarns is working beautifully!

Thanks to Fraydele on Ravelry for suggesting this week’s song!

Lyrics to this week’s song (based on the song “Whip It!” by Devo)

Rip it!

Frog that sweater
Then re-knit it better
Take out your sticks
Get right to the fix

When a problem comes along
You must rip it
If you want to fix what went wrong
You must rip it
One sleeve is far to long
You must rip it

Now rip it
Frog it back
Back it up
Don’t be slack
You must go backwards
To move ahead
When you detect it
It’s not too late
To rip it

Rip it good

If you mess up the design
You must rip it
If you put in a life line
Then you can rip it
It will look better in time
If you just rip it

I say rip it
Rip it good
I say rip it
Rip it good

Frog that sweater
Then re-knit it better
Take out your sticks
Get right to the fix

When a problem comes along
You must rip it
If you want to fix what went wrong
You must rip it
One sleeve is far to long
You must rip it

Now rip it
Frog it back
Back it up
Don’t be slack
You must go backwards
To move ahead
When you detect it
It’s not too late
To rip it
Frog it back
Back it up
Don’t be slack
You must go backwards
To move ahead
When you detect it
It’s not too late
To rip it
Rip it good

October 17, 2011

CraftLife Episode 15 – Bound To Be Creative

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:08 pm by treacleandinketsy

I caught Christmas trying to sneak up on me this week.  What was I thinking, getting distracted by all of the lingering hot weather?!  The truth is, it will be here before we know it, and it looks like “full steam ahead” for me until the end of the year.  Even though by schedule will be bursting at the seams, I will do my best to keep to a regular podcasting schedule if at all possible.

Already behind on your Christmas knitting?  Have no fear!  Make a virtual tacky Christmas sweater for everyone on your list!

If tee-ball doesn’t pique your kid’s interest, and violin lessons aren’t working out, how about Mutton Bustin’ for a change?

October is half-way over, but Treacle and Ink is still Going Pink for breast cancer research. All sales made during October will Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Need a comedy improv fix? Here’s a bunch of “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” videos. These bring out Adam’s over-the-top laugh. 🙂

I really enjoy using the traditional anniversary gifts list as a guideline to help me get creative with anniversary gifts.

The Holden Shawlette, by Mindy Wilkes – DONE!

My current sweater deconstruction will (hopefully!) result in a few pairs of French Press Felted Slippers, by Melynda Bernardi.

I am so excited to be attending Ysolda Teague’s “The Perfect Sweater” class offered by The Woolie Ewe!

The Pocket Sandwich Theatre is presenting the 30th consecutive year of Ebenezer Scrooge, a musical based on the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol”. I’m very pleased to be able to participate in the capacity of Music Director.

Lyrics to this week’s song (based on the song “B*tch” by Meredith Brooks)

St*tch

I knit a lot today
At the office, in the store,
And the subway.
I smiled at you, but you look at me like maybe I’m a great big oddity,
Some strange mystery.
Yesterday you spied
What I was doing, and you flagrantly implied
I did not look like what you think a knitter looks like.
Will this always be my fate?
It’s time to educate you,
And set the record straight.

‘Cause I stitch, I’m a mother
I’m your sister or your brother
Hand-knit items, I make many
I just might be your Granny
I’m a Las Vegas showgirl
I rock the CEO world
I am anybody that you’ve ever known

So take my sticks and string –
Put them together, I can make most anything.
Baby booties, scarves, and sweaters, or a life-sized knitted royal family
So what, if I decide to make
A toilet paper cozy?

‘Cause I stitch, I’m a mother
I’m your sister or your brother
Hand-knit items, I make many
I just might be your Granny
I’m a Las Vegas showgirl
I rock the CEO world
I am anybody that you’ve ever known

So if you think you’ve got me figured out
You’ve got another think coming
I think it’s cool you try to relate
But I am anyone at all

‘Cause I stitch, I’m a mother
I’m your sister or your brother
Hand-knit items, I make many
I just might be your Granny
I’m a Las Vegas showgirl
I rock the CEO world
I am anybody that you’ve ever known

Yeah I stitch, drive the carpool,
Coach some football at the high school
Funky hip-hop I devour
Sing opera in the shower
I’m a gamer, I wait tables
I help where I am able
I am anybody that you’ve ever known

October 3, 2011

CraftLife Episode 14 – Don’t Patonize Me!… Well, Maybe

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , at 10:25 pm by treacleandinketsy

A good friend of mine and I had the great fortune of spending a month in New York City, doing an independent study for credit toward our Theatre degrees.  Before we left our hometown and headed north of the Mason-Dixon Line, I made a tee-shirt that said, “Actor For Hire” in big, bold letters on the front.  While this tee shirt did not lead to any acting employment during my time in the Big Apple, it did lead to inquiries as to where others might purchase one like it.  I guess I wasn’t the only one looking for paid work as an actor.  This week in the podcast, we’ll be taking a look patronage in the arts, the good parts and the not-so-good parts.  I’d love to hear what you have to say about it!  Leave me a comment below.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if all actors stopped working for free?  I did, in this blog post.

The Treacle and Ink Etsy shop is officially Going Pink!  100% of the proceeds from all sales during the month of October will be donated to Susan G Komen for the Cure.  Please enjoy a browse and pass along the link.

It was very nice to have Adam back on the podcast!  I’ve missed him lately as he has been enjoying much football in his man cave.

Pumpkin Premie Hat, modeled by my Snowball mic

In addition to the premie hats, I am still hard at work on the Holden Shawlette.  The end is near!

Lyrics to this week’s song (based on the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin)

Don’t Worry, Knit Happy

Here’s a little sock I knit,
Stitched it together bit-by-bit
Don’t worry, knit happy
With every stitch, something could go wrong
Don’t think about that, just sing this song
Don’t worry, knit happy
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Ain’t got no needles so costly and nice
Your less expensive ones will suffice
Don’t worry, knit happy
Sometimes you will drop some stitches,
And some of the wool gives you the itches
Don’t worry, knit happy
Look at me, I’m knitting happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Give me your Ravatar.  When you worry I’ll draw a smiley on it.

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo

Ain’t got no coin, ain’t got no cash
That’s okay, you can knit from your stash
So don’t worry, knit happy
‘Cause when you worry, your gauge gets tight
And makes your knitting to look affright
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Now here’s a little sock I knit
Try it on and see if it fits, like good little knitters
And don’t worry, knit happy
With every stitch something could go wrong
That is why you should sing this song
And don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

Oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Knit happy
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Don’t worry, knit happy

September 17, 2011

CraftLife Episode 13 – No Place Like Home

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:57 pm by treacleandinketsy

As I was putting together this week’s episode, I started to notice a not-so-craft-related theme emerging. Home. Not necessarily my home of today, but the familiar territory of my youth, and place where most of my family still resides. When I go there for a visit, I am “going home for a visit” – hence, this week’s title.  I hope you enjoy!

Monkey Bread

3 cans biscuits

1 cup sugar

3 Tbsp. cinnamon

1 cup light brown sugar

1 stick butter

    1. Cut biscuits into quarters with scissors.
    2. Shake biscuits quarters in a bag with sugar and cinnamon.
    3. Layer cinnamon/sugar coated biscuit quarters in a greased tube pan and sprinkle chopped nuts, raisins, or both between layers if desired.
    4. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil, and let it boil for 1 minute
    5. Pour butter and brown sugar mixture over the biscuits.
    6. Bake at 325 degrees fahrenheit (163 celsius) for 35 minutes. Let it stand 10 minutes before removing from pan.
    7. To serve, just pinch off a piece and eat with fingers.

(Recipe by Ophelia M. Leitzsey from the “Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Newberry, South Carolina” cookbook)

I had a great time talking to Stephanie about her artwork.  If you’d like to get in contact with her, just shoot an email to treacleandink@hotmail.com and put “STEPHANIE” in the subject line.  And, if you want to take a peek at her paintings, they will be available during the month of October in the Treacle And Ink Etsy shop.  Want to learn more about that Christmas tree farm she mentioned?  Head over to Shine and Lee’s Christmas Trees.  That’s my mom and dad!

Congratulations to Redsknits for winning the iMake giveaway!  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out Martine’s podcast and blog, iMake.

My Ishbel has been completed! (And with much pride, I might add.)  They say that pride comes before a fall, but I hope that is not the case since I am currently working the stockinette section of the Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilks. And if you’d like to get a first-hand look at her inspiration, head to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.

Got any extra fiber?  As if “extra fiber” wasn’t an oxymoron.  I’m looking for something to put on my drop spindle.  The majority of my meagre stash is up for grabs, if you’re looking for a trade. I’m adding more things bit-by-bit, so if you don’t see anything you like, try back later.

Lyrics to this week’s song (based on the song “Part of your World” form Disney’s The Little Mermaid)
Part Of My Stash
Look at this stash,
Isn’t it neat?
Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete?
Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl,
The girl who has too much yarn?
Look at this store,
Treasures untold.
How many fibers can one yarn shop hold?
Looking around here you’d think
It’s got everything!
I’ve got acrylic yarn skeins aplenty.
I’ve aluminum needles galore.
(And my 10” size 5s?
Well,they’re a bit bendy…)
Synthetic
Does the trick
But, I want more.
 I want a hank of Blue Moon Fiber Arts.
I want to play with a ball of Knit Picks.
Walking around, I see…
(What’s that over there?)  Ooooo, Noro.
Knitting with Red Heart only gets you so far.
I’m ready to move on to something nicer.
Strolling these aisles I spy,
(What’s on that shelf there?) Malabrigo!
I find Madeline Tosh,
And Debbie Bliss.
Is there anything better in the world than this?
All around me,
Wish it could be
Part of my stash.
What would I give
If I could knit
All day with cashmere?
What would I pay
To get to play
With some qiviut?
What would it take
To get to make
A project with Rowan Kidsilk Haze?
Cabled sweater
What could be better?
I’d love to find out!
I know there’s a shelf of indie hand-dyed yarn
Somewhere around here,
I’ve got to find it.
All of this fiber calling out to me,
What can I do?
A hopeless case
In the face
Of all of this yarn-y goodness I see
All around me
Wish it could be
Part of my stash.

June 11, 2011

CraftLife Episode Seven – Crafting for Good – Part One

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , at 3:39 pm by treacleandinketsy

After this very busy week of unexpected overtime, and unexpected knitting, I wasn’t able to get a full podcast together for you.  But I didn’t want to leave you with nothing.  So, instead of a full episode this week, I present you with a mini episode – part one of a two parter.

Many thanks for the lovely comments from Lori of Happycrafter 207, and Martine of iMake.

Up-and-coming sweater designers might like to check out the I Knit Guernsey design competition.

Need yarn, and need it fast? I had great turnaround time with the skein of Apl Light I ordered from Covetedyarn.com.

I’m just about finished with the frog from Amy Gaines’ Knit Animal Friends Amigurumi Set, and I am quite pleased with the results. AND… the Beehive Booties are done!

Looking for ways to get involved in crafting for good? Check out Talents of Sisters and M.E. Research UK.

CraftLife Knitters Theatre brought you “The Elves and the Shawlmaker”. You can read the original story that inspired this adaptation here.

May 27, 2011

CraftLife Episode Six – Click Clash

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , at 11:00 pm by treacleandinketsy

Last weekend saw the final football game of the season for the Hill Country Colts, and while my intention was to once again take the opportunity for a little knitting in public, I was thwarted by the weather.  Tornadoes and hail storms in the surrounding area left the humidity level incredibly high.  But, not all knitting related goodness was was done away with.  Hooray for garage sales put on by fellow fiber enthusiasts!  For more details on that, have a listen to this week’s episode, in which you’ll also finally hear a little more from my husband than just a Southernism definition.

If you are new to the world of crafty podcasts, or if you have been around for a while and, by some glitch in the space-time continuum, have managed to remain completely unawares, allow me to direct you to the absolutely fabulous CraftLit, with Heather Ordover.

Were you a child of the ’80s? Take a trip down memory lane with the inspiration for today’s episode title, Jem and the Holograms.

Many thanks to email Adam for allowing me to pick his brain about photography and videography! If you have any questions for him, or just want to do a little more brain-picking, email treacleandink@hotmail.com and put ADAM in the subject line.

I really want to knit the Horai scarf by Hiroko Fukatsu, and one day I will… just not today.

If you do anything charitable with your creative skills, please visit the CraftLife Ravelry thread, “Creating for a Cause”, and tell us all about it!

AND, if you are in the US, have a great Memorial Day weekend. 🙂

April 16, 2011

CraftLife Episode Three – Fiber, Fiber, Everywhere

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , at 8:36 pm by treacleandinketsy


Whew! After being up to my neck in fiber over the past two weeks, I am just itching to share it with you. But first of all, what do you think about my new design?! Much better, no? Many thanks to Adam, my resident Photoshop whiz.

And now on to the fiber-y goodness!

Looking for yet another knitting podcast to try? Check out the Knitting Podcasts Blog for a whole slew of options.

Hone your expert garage sale-ing skills, and you just might score some used knitting books such as “Knitting Today’s Classics”, or “Knit Tricks”

If you’re ever in the Horseshoe bay area, a trip to Nan’s Needleworks is well worth your time. While you’re there, pick up a few skeins of Trabajos Del Peru in honor of me!

If your calendar is looking pretty empty this time next year, you might like to plan a trip to the Dallas Fiber Fest. Here you can find all kinds of interesting fiber dealers such as Two If By Hand, FiberLady.com, Knitting Fairy, and Shabby Sheep.

Still have more questions about CSAs? Check out Jacob’s Reward Farm for more details.

While I still may be working on those pink ribbon fingerless mitts, I have cast on the Liesel Scarf to keep me interested in the mean time.

If you haven’t done so yet, please join me in the CraftLife Ravelry Group!

April 26, 2010

What’s Old is Made New

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 2:47 pm by treacleandinketsy

Any time I go to a garage sale or thrift store, I always keep my eyes open for vintage sewing patterns.  I love them!  They can be difficult to come by.  Sometimes I will find one that I absolutely love, but it won’t be in my size.  Those older patterns tend to only come in one size, not a range of sizes like today’s patterns.

Other times, I’ll sift through 40 or 50 patterns, and not like a single one.  Early 1980’s prom dress pattern anyone?… Anyone?… No, I didn’t think so.

But, other times, I do get lucky and come across a pattern in my size (or close enough) that I just have to have.  After a quick inspection to make sure all of the pattern pieces and instructions are there, I pay my 25 cents and gleefully shove the pattern into my bag.  One of the things I love about buying vintage patterns is the price!

Another thing that’s really great is that most of the patterns have been used before, therefore the pattern itself has already been cut out.  That’s one less step for me!  And, of course, my favorite thing about vintage patterns is that I can make one-of-a-kind projects.  There is no way I’m going to run into someone at the supermarket who’s wearing the same thing I am.

Here are few of the patterns I’ve acquired over this past year:

I actually made the dress at the end of last summer.  It has not been worn much, however.  My dear hubby is a little thrown off my the bow around the waist.  It ties in the front, and not in the back… kinda makes you wonder if I’m expecting.  I’ll see if I can find a pic of my completed dress.

I love both of these summery tops patterns!  Actually, I guess I could do a top and a dress with the one on the right.  Hmmm…

Are these capes not the most awesome things ever!?  I have to admit, I have always wanted a cape, but you don’t just run out to the mall and buy a new one.  I’m in love with the white cape in the pattern on the left.  And the long cape in the pattern on the right is pretty simple and classy looking.  Ahhhh, I dream of them.  I just have to make sure that I get one made before it starts turning cold this year.

This weekend, I ran out to JoAnn’s and bought everything I needed to get started on one of these patterns.  Which one??  You’ll just have to wait and see!

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